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About RECOSA Website Administrator

RECOSA is a non-profit organization of employees retired from the City of San Antonio. The mission of RECOSA is to inform retired municipal employees of the City of San Antonio and other stakeholders on matters concerning retiree healthcare and retirement benefits and to take such actions as necessary to protect and preserve these benefits in a responsible manner; to promote and sponsor activities for mutual benefit of all members; and to assist in maintaining and improving the quality of life for civilian retirees of the City of San Antonio.

Retiree Matters: Special Budget Edition – August 2019

Retirees will soon be receiving in the mail a Special Budget Edition of Retiree Matters, including proposed FY 2019-2020 retiree benefits and costs. Click here to read the digital version.

City of San Antonio City Manager, Erik Walsh, presented the FY 2019-2020 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget to the San Antonio City Council on August 8, 2019. Following is a summary of proposed retiree benefit changes:

ALL RETIREES

  • 1.3% ad hoc Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for retirees to be reflected in January 2020 TMRS annuity checks
  • no dental or vision plan premium changes for all retirees

PRE-65 (NON-MEDICARE) RETIREES

  • no premium increases for the New Value medical plan
  • decreased premiums for the Consumer Choice medical plan
  • third new medical plan, Blue Essentials HMO
  • additional medical plan features, including expert medical opinion and treatment options, as well as travel reimbursement

POST-65 (MEDICARE) RETIREES

  • increased rates due to restoration of health insurance fee by federal government 
  • new transportation benefit for rides to medical appointments

Retiree Open Enrollment is October 7-25, 2019. Pre-65 (non-Medicare) retirees will be receiving enrollment information from the City of San Antonio, while Post-65 (Medicare) retirees will be receiving information from Aenta.

Please note, if you do not wish to make any changes to your current medical, dental or vision plans, you do not need to do anything. Your coverage will continue (roll over) to 2020.

RECOSA invites you to a special proposed budget presentation for retirees at the Brown Bag event on Friday, September 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave. (NOTE THE REVISED LOCATION FROM THE CENTRAL LIBRARY TO THE MISSION BRANCH LIBRARY). The Retiree RSVP Line is open, so to reserve your seat, leave a message at (210) 207-7000 or email AskHR@sanantonio.gov.

If you have any questions, please contact the Employee Benefits Office at (210) 207-0073 or Human Resources Customer Service at (210) 207-8705. You can also send an email to COSARetiree@sanantonio.gov.

Volunteer Opportunity: Migrant Resource Center

Who: City of San Antonio Dept. of Human Services

What: The Department of Human Services, on behalf of the City of San Antonio, is coordinating efforts to assist migrants from Central America who are arriving in San Antonio on a daily basis. Volunteers are needed at the Migrant Resource Center to assist the families with their transition. As a CoSA retiree, we know that you continue to serve our community and seek opportunities to contribute.

When: Multiple shifts are available, 7 days a week:
• Opening/Overnight Relief (6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
• Morning (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
• Evening (3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.)
• Overnight (10:00 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.)
HIGHEST NEED IS EVENING, OVERNIGHT, and WEEKEND SHIFTS

Where: 400 N. St Mary’s St. San Antonio, TX, 78205 (across from the Greyhound bus station; storefront on the first floor of the St. Mary’s Garage). Click the following link for a Google Map https://goo.gl/maps/87YeSJHapz9CcAmBA.

How: Volunteers will assist with the following:
• Intake and Registration
• Local Transportation
• Donations Management
• Medical Liaison (Spanish speaking required)
• Food Distribution and Logistics

Questions/Contact: Email Jenny Garcia at jenny.garcia@sanantonio.gov or email Joe Vankuiken at joe.vankuiken@sanantonio.gov or call (210) 207-8198.

To sign up, click the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f4caca82ba3fa7-city.

To view or download the Migrant Resource Center Volunteer Flyer, click the following link https://recosa.org/wp-content/uploads/Migrant-Resource-Center-Volunteer-Flyer.pdf.

Volunteers will be required to sign a City of San Antonio – Volunteer Agreement Including Waiver and Release, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking the following link https://recosa.org/wp-content/uploads/SAVolunteers_release_liability_form.pdf.

Note: Spanish-speaking volunteers are strongly preferred, but not required. Those who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems are advised not to volunteer.

REMINDER: Call for Nominations for RECOSA’s Board

The RECOSA Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for Five (5) RECOSA Board positions that will be elected at the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS NOVEMBER 9, 2018.

If you are a RECOSA member interested in serving on the Board, please submit a brief interest statement including reason for interest, experience, availability, and your ability to meet the following expectations of Board members:

  • serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2019
  • attend monthly Board meetings
  • attend bi-monthly meetings with the City’s Human Resources Department
  • attend quarterly Brown Bag events for retirees
  • serve on Board committees
  • prepare reports as required
  • provide guidance and oversee assigned committees such as membership, fundraising, health benefits, and financial development

Nominations may be mailed or emailed as follows:

RECOSA
Attn: Nominating Committee
P.O. Box 12973
San Antonio, TX 78212-0973

– or –

emailed to info.recosa@gmail.com with the subject line “RECOSA Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee will review qualified nominees and select a slate of candidates — one person per open Board position — to be nominated and placed on the ballot for the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting. All nominees from the floor must: be members in attendance at the Annual Membership Meeting; be in good standing, and; express their interest verbally as indicated above. The candidates with the most votes will fill the vacant positions. Numbers will be drawn by the elected individuals to determine the positions they will fill. The Nominating Committee will announce the results at the conclusion of the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

Questions may be posed by calling RECOSA’s phone line at (210) 504-9567 and leaving a message, or emailing RECOSA at info.recosa@gmail.com.

Proposed Amendments to RECOSA Bylaws

At the upcoming November 27th Annual Membership Meeting, one of the agenda items for consideration is proposed amendments to RECOSA’s Bylaws. RECOSA membership will be asked to vote on these amendments at the Annual Membership Meeting.

A RECOSA committee reviewed the RECOSA Bylaws and developed proposed amendments over the last several months. The proposed amendments to the RECOSA Bylaws were presented to the RECOSA Board of Directors on September 4, 2018 at the regularly scheduled monthly board meeting. The RECOSA Board of Directors approved the proposed amendments to be presented to the full RECOSA general membership for vote at the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

Please take an opportunity to review the proposed amendments to the RECOSA Bylaws prior to the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

  • Click here for the current RECOSA Bylaws (December 6, 2016)

  • Click here for the proposed amendments to the RECOSA Bylaws

  • Click here for the highlighted portions of the current RECOSA Bylaws that are proposed for amendment

If you have comments or questions regarding the proposed amendments to the RECOSA Bylaws, please call RECOSA at (210) 504-9567 and leave a message, or email RECOSA at  info.recosa@gmail.comA limited number of hard copies will be available for review at the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

Retiree Matters: October 2018

The October 2018 edition of the Retiree Matters newsletter has been mailed to retirees. Click here to read the digital version.

Highlights of the current edition include:

  • November 27 RECOSA Annual Membership Meeting & Brown Bag Session
  • Vacancies and Application Process for City Boards, Committees & Commissions
  • 2019 TMRS Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA)
  • 2019 Retiree Annual Enrollment October 1 – October 19
  • Annual Enrollment Information Session October 11
  • RECOSA Board Elections
  • Proposed RECOSA Bylaw Amendments

Call for Nominations for RECOSA’s Board

The RECOSA Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for Five (5) RECOSA Board positions that will be elected at the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS IS NOVEMBER 9, 2018.

If you are a RECOSA member interested in serving on the Board, please submit a brief interest statement including reason for interest, experience, availability, and your ability to meet the following expectations of Board members:

  • serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2019
  • attend monthly Board meetings
  • attend bi-monthly meetings with the City’s Human Resources Department
  • attend quarterly Brown Bag events for retirees
  • serve on Board committees
  • prepare reports as required
  • provide guidance and oversee assigned committees such as membership, fundraising, health benefits, and financial development

Nominations may be mailed or emailed as follows:

RECOSA
Attn: Nominating Committee
P.O. Box 12973
San Antonio, TX 78212-0973

– or –

emailed to info.recosa@gmail.com with the subject line “RECOSA Board Nominations

The Nominating Committee will review qualified nominees and select a slate of candidates — one person per open Board position — to be nominated and placed on the ballot for the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting. All nominees from the floor must: be members in attendance at the Annual Membership Meeting; be in good standing, and; express their interest verbally as indicated above. The candidates with the most votes will fill the vacant positions. Numbers will be drawn by the elected individuals to determine the positions they will fill. The Nominating Committee will announce the results at the conclusion of the November 27th Annual Membership Meeting.

Questions may be posed by calling RECOSA’s phone line at (210) 504-9567 and leaving a message, or emailing RECOSA at info.recosa@gmail.com.

2019 City of San Antonio Retiree Insurance Plans, Costs and Enrollment Information

Your COSA health benefits information will be mailed to you very soon. To help you get a head start on the choices you have for next year, we have provided a link to the 2019 Retiree Benefit Matters booklet that you will receive by mail.

Please take note of the following:

  1. If you do not wish to make any changes to your health, dental or vision plans, you do not need to do anything; your coverage will roll over to 2019.
  2. If you have any questions:

We hope you find this information useful and don’t forget to attend our RECOSA Annual Membership Meeting & Brown Bag Session on Thursday, November 27, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library (600 Soledad St.).